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Rep. Hiott Honored by SC AAE

Rep. Hiott Honored by SC AAE

COLUMBIA, SC — State Representative David R. Hiott of Pickens has been named recipient of the John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award by the SC Association of Agricultural Educators (SC AAE). The award was presented by Dr. Tom Dobbins, state director of the Clemson University Extension Service, during the annual state conference of agricultural educators.

Representative Hiott has been serving in the SC House of Representatives since 2004 and chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee in recent years.  Mr. Hiott is a great supporter of Agricultural Education and the FFA. He is now the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and continues to serve on the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee.

A recipient of the Honorary State FFA Degree, Mr. Hiott has also been recognized by the 700,000-member National FFA Organization with the Honorary American FFA Degree.

Mr. Hiott is married to the former Lisa Clamp and they have two children. He is a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Pickens and a member of the Pickens Rotary Club.

The John W. Parris Agricultural Leadership Award was established several years ago by the SC Association of Agricultural Educators in honor of Mr. Parris of Columbia. A nationally recognized agriculture leader and conservation visionary, Parris was an agricultural educator for eight years and then as executive director of the SC Land Resources Agency until retirement. Upon retirement, he became the state director of public affairs for Ag Education and the FFA in South Carolina until he was 75 years of age. Parris was the first South Carolinian named to the National Conservation Hall of Fame and recipient of the National Professional Conservationist Award. He is also a recipient of the National FFA Organization’s VIP Award and the Order of the Palmetto.

SC AAE is a professional development organization that provides continual leadership opportunities for its members and recognizes outstanding agricultural education program throughout the state. Libby Templeton, currently serving as an animal science teacher at the Governor’s School for Agriculture, is president of the SC AAE.